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Mary E. DuRante

1930-2012 PITTSFIELD Mary Eleanor DuRante, age 82, a recent resident of Pittsfield, Mass. from Springfield, Mass., entered into eternal rest on December 21.

Born May 25, 1930 in Derby, Conn., daughter of the late Rev, William H.C. DuRante and Clara DuRante. Raising her nine children in New Haven, Waterbury, and Torrington Conn., Ms. DuRante's passion was working with children. Mary was a Head Start teacher in Waterbury, and also co-founder of NOW Inc., she also worked as a teacher in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Former Vice President of Ger-Don in Springfield, Mass., and an active member at Gardener AME Zion church for 20 years.

She leaves to cherish her memory her three daughters, Catherine Burton (James) of Springfield, Mass., Claire Caesar (Keith) of Pittsfield Mass. and Eleanor Adams of Pittsfield with whom she resided; sons, Anthony Adams (Cathy) of Torrington, Dennis Adams of Springfield, Mass., Ralph Adams (Amy) of Portland, Maine. and Shawne Adams (Lois) of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Shirley Bostic of Ansonia and Joyce Powell of Winsted, Conn.; brothers, Melburn DuRante (Cathy) of Torrington and Rev. Willard Durant of Pittsfield, Mass. as well as 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, one great great- granddaughter; and former husband Malcolm Perry.

She was predeceased by her son, Alvah J. Adams Jr.; daughter, Mary Adams Miller; granddaughter, Tracy Eleanor Gatlin; great-grandson, Marquise Powell; brothers, William (Dewey) DuRante, Rev. Charles DuRante and Marvin DuRante, sister-in-law Rosemary Durant; and former husband, Alvah J. Adams Sr.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. from The Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church on Central St. in Ansonia, Conn. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. There are no calling hours. THE JENKINS KING & MALERBA FUNERAL HOME, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia, is entrusted with arrangements. (www.jenkinskingfh.com). In lieu of flowers please make contributions to St. Judes Childrens Hospital.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 28, 2012
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